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Anticipation grows for RNC opening

By · August 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Kevin Rader/Eyewitness News

The first full day here at the Republican National Convention in Tampa promises to be huge.

We will have the roll call of the states, which is just one of the many traditions that I so treasure. I know these days it has evolved into a mere formality and I know some states take the opportunity to say the craziest things, but it is a rare piece of Americana.

“The great state of Indiana would like to cast.”

I love hearing those words. It is something that is ours and only ours. It is the voice of America.

Then, we will hear from the voice the Romney campaign believes can captivate America, that of Ann Romney. The campaign believes she knows the candidate better than anyone and it also believes she will be able to convince viewers he is the right choice for America, the comforting voice that will reach out to women.

They are putting so much stock into that, there is belief that Governor Romney himself will make an appearance in the hall to hear it. It will be the photo op of the two together that the campaign hopes will help build momentum to when he actually accepts the nomination later in the week. A chance to show that this family, despite the differences in religion, income and pedigree, is not that much different than the rest of us.

It will be a tall order.

And then don’t forget New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver what promises to be a firebrand speech culminating the evening. Christie is never one to pull punches and that is why he has the primetime slot.

It will not most likely win the ratings war for the night, but it should. This is, some would argue, America at its worst, but not me. I still believe in those voices. Not of the candidates, but the delegates.

“The great state of Indiana would like to cast.”

I, for one, can’t wait. 

These conventions are a chance for Americans to state what they believe in. I believe I am not alone when I say I am anxious to hear it.

Categories : Decision 2012



I would like to just say that what I hear coming from Pence- ie: he cares about women’s healthcare, is a load of malarkey.

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